This is our Vick Ballard scouting report. Ballard is a running back for Mississippi State. Ballard is well-built running back who was a red-zone demon last year racking up 20 rushing touchdowns in 2010.
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5′ 10 219 pounds, 31 3/4 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands
4.65 40 yard dash, 23 bench press reps, 33 inch vertical jump, 115 inch broad jump, 7.03 three cone drill, 4.19 second 20 yard shuttle
Tough nose runner…gets north and south in a hurry…could be a really nice short yardage and redzone option…Real good size…routinely falls forward to gain extra yardage…powerful legs…good vision…durable…plus blocker (but needs more experience there too)…runs balanced…will lower his head and run some people over
Doesn’t have great speed, but probably underrated speed..Not an ideal receiving threat…Doesn’t have the same kind of production (touchdowns) this year as he did last year…breaks tackles at the college level can he still break them at the N.F.L. level (arm tackles for sure he can break), but won’t make a ton of guy miss in the open field…not extremely shifty…
4th to 5th
Poor man’s Mark Ingram
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Had a breakout season last year as a junior after transferring from junior college, where he was a first team All-American. At JUCO, Ballard
rushed for 1,728 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he continued that success with Mississippi State, setting a school record by running for 19
touchdowns. He carried the ball last year 186 times for 968 yards, and added another score through the air. He actually has a pretty similar
running style to that of fellow former SEC running back Mark Ingram He’s not the fastest but he’s quick and has good size for a running
back. Thanks to Mississippi State’s depth at running back, he likely won’t be forced to take too many carries and get wear and tear on his
body. Good vision and quickness, and better breakaway speed than his size would indicate. He will be a key component of the Mississippi State
offense as a senior in 2011.